C&C - Hunter x Hunter - "Defend × And × Attack" [3/11]

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  1. veemonjosh

    veemonjosh Get back, Jojo

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    Opening theme: "Departure!" by Masatoshi Ono [VERSION 2]
    Ending theme: "Hunting For Your Dream" by Galneryus

    CHARACTERS

    OUR HEROES
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    Gon Freecss
    Voiced by: Erica Mendez
    Gon is a young energetic boy from Whale Island who has become a Hunter to venture the world and find his father. After becoming a Hunter, Gon learned the powers of Nen, and now he and Killua are on their way to Yorknew City.

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    Killua Zoldyck
    Voiced by: Christina Vee
    Killua is the youngest son of the Zoldycks, a family of assassins known the world over. He had joined the Hunter Exam for fun, but soon met Gon, the first friend he ever had, and has been tagging along with him ever since.

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    Kurapika
    Voiced by: Erika Harlacher
    Kurapika is the last living member of the Kurta clan. He has become a Hunter in order to gain the resources necessary to track down and eliminate the Phantom Troupe, a gang of mercenaries that killed his family for their scarlet eyes. To do this, he has become a bodyguard for the Nostrade family, who are involved with the upcoming Yorknew City auction.

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    Leorio Paradinight
    Voiced by: Matt Mercer
    Leorio is hot-headed on the surface, but has a good heart. He became a Hunter to gain the resources to pay for medical school, so that he may become a doctor and help children in poor nations. Having spent the last few months working on his degree, he’s taking a vacation in Yorknew City to help Kurapika against the Phantom Troupe.

    THE NOSTRADES:
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    Light Nostrade
    Voiced by: Beau Billingslea
    The head of the Nostrade Family, a Mafia group under the leadership of the Ritz Clan. His group was originally a minor player in the Mafia community, until his daughter’s powers emerged, which greatly rose their influence.

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    Neon Nostrade
    Voiced by: Faye Mata
    The daughter of Light Nostrade, Neon is self-centered and spoiled on a level like that of a little kid, this being a combination of her upbringing and her natural childlike innocence. Her powers are in fortune telling, which she predicts through unconsciously writing quatrains.

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    Dalzollene
    Voiced by: Kirk Thorton
    The head of the Nostrade Family’s bodyguards.

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    Basho
    Voiced by: Jake Eberle
    One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, he is a Conjurer whose power involves writing haikus.

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    Baise
    Voiced by: Carrie Keranen
    One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, she is a Manipulator that can control whoever she kisses for three hours.

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    Melody
    Voiced by: Dorothy Fahn
    One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, she is an Emitter that can heal fatigue and illness with her flute.

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    Shachmono Tocino
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    One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, he is an Emitter who controls up to eleven puppets made from balloons.

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    Squala
    Voiced by: Ray Chase
    One of the bodyguards hired by the Nostrade Family, he is a Manipulator who controls dogs.

    THE PHANTOM TROUPE (AKA THE SPIDERS):
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    (Note: Members numbered here in order of raw strength when not using Nen)

    1: Uvogin (Voiced by: Patrick Seitz) - Uvogin is the most physically powerful of the Phantom Troupe, with a barbaric-like nature. He enjoys fighting and killing more than anything, a drive that leads him towards fighting powerful opponents, often without thinking of a plan first. Uvogin is an Enhancer, which has contributed to his immense strength.
    2: Phinks (Voiced by: David Vincent) - Phinks is short-tempered and ruthless, often getting into fights with his own teammates. However, he is also loyal to his comrades and Chrollo especially. Phinks is a master of unarmed combat, able to moved quickly and snap necks without alerting his victims to his presence. Phinks is an Enhancer, which allows him to unleash devistating punches.
    3: Hisoka Morow (Voiced by: Keith Silverstein) - An intimidating and mysterious character, Hisoka is bloodthirsty and willing to kill whoever he has to in order to advance his questionable goals. Secretly, Hisoka shows no real loyalty to the Troupe, and seems to have only become a member to get closer to Chrollo. Hisoka is a Transmuter, able to use an incredibly elastic substance known as Bungee Gum, which in combination with other aspects of Nen can be quite devastating.
    4: Franklin (Voiced by: Edward Bosco) - Franklin is as dangerous as his Frankenstein’s Monster-like appearance suggests, never hesitating when it comes to murder and unfaltering in difficult situations. It could be argued he is the second-in-command of the Troupe, as he is the only one besides Chrollo who can rally the group to cooperate. Franklin is an Emitter, able to create tiny machine guns from his fingers.
    5: Feitan (Voiced by: Tom Bauer) - Feitan is the Phantom Troupe’s interrogated skilled in the art of torture. He is cold-natured and a man of few words, the common tongue of the world being a second language to him. His greatest skill is a combination of immense speed as well as precise swordsmanship, able to slice the heads off half a dozen men in the blink of an eye.
    6: Machi (Voiced by: Abby Trott) - Machi is possibly the coldest member of the Troupe, feeling no reason to hold back her opinions no matter how harsh. This is valuable to her comrades as her intuition is sharp, observations that are almost always correct. She a transmutation type who uses Nen-infused needles which can be useful for either tracking someone or repairing serious wounds like a severed limb.
    7: Chrollo Lucilfer (Voiced by: Robbie Daymond) - The leader of the Phantom Troupe, Chrollo is calm, intelligent, and charismatic, as well as a capable strategist. He values his comrades about all else, even the objects which they plunder, which he always sells as soon as he is done admiring. Chrollo is a Specialist, and his abilities make him one of the most dangerous Nen users alive.
    8: Bonolenov - Unlike his comrades, Bonolenov isn’t interested in fighting, only doing so when provoked. He is a Conjuror type.
    9: Nobunaga Hazama (Voiced by: Joe J. Thomas) - Nobunaga is usually calm, but has a tendency to clash with his allies. He, like his best friend Uvogin, is terrible at impromptu decision making. Nobunaga is an Enhancer, and is greatly skilled in swordsmanship.
    10: Shalnark (Voiced by: Griffin Burns) - Shalnark is the most “friendly” member of the Troupe, always smiling and able to get along with everyone, but this is more to keep up morale than any sentimental attachment to the group. He is a Manipulator, able to control people with his cell phone and increase his own strength greatly.
    11: Pakunoda (Voiced by: Erica Lindbeck) - Pakunoda is self-confident to the point of intimidating others, as well as extremely loyal to the Troupe. She is a Specialist, able to read people’s thoughts and share the information with her comrades via Nen bullets known as “Memory Bombs”.
    12: Shizuku (Voiced by: Janice Roman Roku) - Shizuku is air-headed and has short term memory loss, which leads her opponents to often underestimate her abilities. She is a Conjurer, able to conjure a vacuum cleaner that can inhale an infinite number of nonliving objects, allowing the Troupe to commit murders and erase any evidence of the crime.
    13: Kortopi - Very little is known about Kortopi. He is a Conjurer, able to create an exact duplicate of any object he touches with his left hand, which can then be tracked if he touches the original again.

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    Episode 42: "Defend × And × Attack"
    Chapters adapted: 71-73
    Corresponding 1999 episodes: 51-52​

    Last time...

    Gon and Killua entered into the Hunter Association’s secret website to learn information about Greed Island. There, they found out that it is a game which sucks the player in, and the only ways in which they can exit are if they win the game, find a save point, or die (which means they die in real life). They also find out the starting price for the auction has risen to 8.9 billion Jenny.

    Meanwhile at Nostrade's Mansion, Kurapika and three other applicants brought in the items from the item hunt. The head bodyguard, Dalzollene, hired all of them on the spot. He explained what their first mission will be—escorting the boss to a hotel in Yorknew. Kurapika was skeptical and asked about potential enemies of the boss. Dalzollene quickly put Kurapika in his place and told him not to concentrate on the enemies, but on the objective at hand. Dalzollene then lead the four to their boss. In the back of an extremely lavish, pink-themed room sat their boss, the young woman, Neon Nostrade. On the outskirts of Yorknew, members of the Phantom Troupe are beginning to convene. The leader sits and waits for all the members to arrive before giving out his orders.

    Not very far off, Kurapika and his fellow bodyguards led their boss to her hotel in Yorknew. Dalzollene, who was in one of the cars with Neon, asked her to use her ability Lovely Ghostwriter, to give fortunes to men familiar with her father. The cars then unknowingly passed by four members of the Phantom Troupe walking towards Yorknew on the side of the road. The members discussed that this is the first time they've all been called together in over three years and that Hisoka is a new member. Back with the Nostrade's, Dalzollene phoned the real boss, Neon's father, to report the results of her fortune telling. From the fortunes, the two realized that the auction will be too unsafe for Neon and decided that she will be unable to attend.

    As the day wanes, all the members of the Phantom Troupe have gathered on the outskirts of Yorknew. Once the last member arrives, Chrollo stated that they will be taking everything that is up for auction, and if anyone tries to interfere, they have his permission to kill them.

    This time…
    An old friend returns, and Gon attempts to earn money as the start of the underground auction draws near.

    Notes:
    • The chapters which this episode covers can be found in volume 8 of the manga release.
    • The first two Bluray/DVD volumes are available now from Viz Media, containing the first 26 episodes.
     
  2. marklungo

    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    Leorio! It's good to have you back!
     
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    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    "Southernbees." Togashi needs to hire someone to come up with names for him.
     
  4. MasterofRoku

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    Killua's brother is a total NEET.
    But I don't doubt he can kill 15 people considering where he comes from.
     
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    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    Isn't she in the title sequence?
     
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    MasterofRoku Active Member

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    If you're referring to the girl with glasses, she's a member of Phantom Troupe.
     
  7. marklungo

    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    Yes, I realized that soon enough. Thanks, though.
     
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    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    Why would anyone create such a destructive piece of music?
     
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    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    Not a lot of comments made, but this was a good episode. I sympathize with Melody, and I hope her story has a happy ending.
     
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  10. PicardMan

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    We get a little bit more character development for the players in this arc (there are quite a bit to juggle around, I wonder how successfully everything will fit together with the bodyguards and the Phantom Troupe, AND our mains all having a bunch of the spotlight.) Kind of shocked to see Gon beat a Phantom Troupe member in an arm wrestling match. I was expecting another Gon gets pwned moment. This lady is adorable for a Satanic thief. Also, now we have a piece of music composed by the devil? What's with all the Satanic iconography in this arc?
     
  11. Light Lucario

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    I thought that this episode was pretty good. It was nice to see Leorio again. I was surprised that he actually was learning about Nen, but being seemingly only at the beginning stage of the training made sense. I still wonder if he'll get a fight and if they'll ever address how he really didn't earn his license. He'll probably get a fight at some point, but I have my doubts on the later issue at this point. It was still nice to see him bouncing off the other characters. I love Gon and Killua's friendship a lot more than I thought I would, but see them interacting with another one of their friends was nice.

    The plan to get more money for the auction was pretty smart and Gon being so nervous about tricking people actually worked to their advantage. I was expecting Gon to lose to the Phantom Troop member too. It just seemed like the kind of twist that would happen to mess up their plan, but he was only barely able to beat her.

    It was nice to get to know more about Melody. She did have a pretty sad backstory and she seemed pretty nice with her interactions with Kurapika. Music being that destructive was rather strange though. I wonder how that could have been made when just hearing part of it caused so much damage. Kurapika and Melody had a nice moment together, so I hope that they'll become friends. Overall, it was a pretty good episode. It still felt like it was mainly setup and to be fair, with all of the different groups involved with this arc, setting it up is even more of a necessity, but I am hoping we'll be getting some more interesting developments once the auction actually starts.
     
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    You wanna see a truly destructive piece of music? Watch the Read or Die OVA. The whole conflict in that is over a piece of music.
     
  13. JoeMabbon

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    Oh, Leorio. You're so behind the curve.

    Maybe they should have had Killua do the arm wrestling. Hustling would probably come more naturally to him than Gon.

    Kurapika's not here to make friends, but he may have found a kindred spirit in Melody.

    I think the many applications of weaponized sound would be obvious, especially in a world like this one.
     
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  14. ensatsu-ken

    ensatsu-ken "Come and get it!"

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    I'm a bit surprised that nobody mentioned the extremely dark implication that Kurapika was seriously contemplating flat-out murdering Melody for a split moment. When he asks Melody if she will reveal his true motives to their employers, and when Melody vows to stay silent because she has no wish to die, it threw me off my first time seeing it (in the 1999 anime). It's even more disturbing when Melody mentions that she could sense his intentions through his heart-beat, and Kurapika doesn't even bother to deny it.

    I think that it's so effective for me, as subtle as it may be, because it takes a character who we know to be a genuinely good person deep down and brings him down a level. We heard from the first episode about his goal of attaining revenge on the Phantom Troupe, but now that he's finally being faced with the reality of that, his resolve to accomplish that has clearly changed him, and not in a good way. What I particularly like about Kurapika's character arc is that it doesn't take the easy way out of anything from a writing standpoint. It'd be so easy to make this arc a revenge fantasy about a white knight hero righting all wrOngs and triumphing over pure evil, but I really respect Togashi's ability as a writer to approach this subject matter from a much more morally ambiguous viewpoint, from both sides. Neither the protagonist of this arc nor the antagonists are completely clear-cut good and evil. One side is certainly worse than the other, but in Kurapika's quest to gain justice for his fallen brethren, we as viewers are presented with a clear distinction between justice and vengeance, the latter of which is nothing more than hateful violence. A big part of Kurapika's character arc is internally struggling with this morality or lack thereof, and while this subject matter is far from original, I personally feel that this series handles it better than most other shonen series that have attempted it.
     
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  15. Light Lucario

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    Honestly, I wasn't too thrown off by Kurapika's desire to kill Melody if she did reveal his true motives to their employer. He has been more calm and collected earlier in the series, so it is a bit of a difference in that regard, but considering the morality of most of the other characters, it didn't shock me that much. One could argue that if he did try to kill her, it would be out of self-defense in a way. He clearly wants to keep his motives and his clan a secret, especially when he's around people who want to get the eyes of his clan, and telling their employer could potentially endanger him. It wouldn't be a good first reaction, but I could see the justification for it. I'm sure that Kurapika's story will provide more surprises for me as it progresses.
     
  16. Scrappy-Fan92

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    I think it's important to note Kurapika was formerly the guy who thoroughly refused to kill back during the Hunter Exam, even after a Phantom Troupe-wannabe who goaded him was blocking his group's progression.

    And welcome back, Janice Roman Roku (formerly Janice Kawaye). Even on evil psychos, your voice is cute.
     

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